Tag Archives: risk-taking

Book-writing project

— Jeanne M. Slattery While she was here, Marité Haynes had our students doing service projects in Haiti, South Africa, and Clarion. Her retirement would leave a huge hole in our department, so she strongly urged me to find an … Continue reading

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Chekhov Caribbean-Style and Other Adventures in Teaching Literature

– Ellen Foster I spent the 2014/2015 academic year teaching English at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) St. Thomas campus. As a veteran professor assigned a typical load of first-year writing and introductory literature courses, I expected my … Continue reading

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Intentional Risks

— Melissa K. Downes I don’t think of myself as a risk-taker. However, all our recent Hand in Hand discussions of risk-taking and pedagogy resonate powerfully for me. Over the last few years, I’ve been purposely seeking new teaching challenges … Continue reading

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Letting Go of Expectations: A Man Used to Mario Kart Teaches About Video Games

— Paul Woodburne I earned my doctorate before universities heavily emphasized accreditation and assessment. I was taught in the old chalk-and-talk style. This style works well for conveying a lot of information quickly and efficiently. I, the expert, lecture. The … Continue reading

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Taking Risks and Giving Up Control

— Jeanne M. Slattery I decided to approach my classes differently this semester than I typically do. On our first day of class, I walked into my two inquiry seminars and asked them what they liked about college, what they … Continue reading

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Be Patient, But Take Risks

(This was the Freshman Convocation speech at Clarion University in August 2015.) — Suzie Boyden Good evening everyone, and welcome to our freshmen. It is my honor tonight to represent my esteemed faculty colleagues in providing a few words of wisdom, … Continue reading

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